Alec Baldwin’s Weight Loss Story (Diet & Exercise Revealed)

Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC
Published by Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC | Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Last updated: December 28, 2023
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Alec Baldwin is one of the most famous American actors, and like many celebrities, he has developed many unhealthy habits over the years.

With natural aging in the mix, even celebrities can face an alarming wake-up call when it comes to their health and weight.

Since Baldwin went through quite a drastic physical change, it got our attention, so our team of personal trainers spent a day going through interviews and videos to see what he did to lose all that weight.

Here’s what we found.

How Much Weight Did Baldwin Lose?

Alec Baldwin has lost about 100 pounds from the time his weight and health reached a crisis point.

And it seems like a brief conversation with American actor Pete Davidson was enough to set off all the hard work.

 

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Even with all the fame of movies, TV shows, and Primetime Emmy Awards, it’s possible for a superstar actor to get tempted by junk food and get “lost” on the way to the gym.

But what this story shows is that even men in their 60s who are packing too much weight can make a full u-turn and achieve quite astonishing amounts of fat reduction.

Stats

  • Born: April 3, 1958
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Starting Weight: 300 lbs
  • Total Weight Loss: 100 lbs

Who Helped Alec Baldwin Lose Weight?

Image of Pete Davidson who helped Alec Baldwin lose weight

Actor and SNL star Pete Davidson helped Alec Baldwin to lose weight with a conversation that happened during a brief shirtless encounter.

Baldwin asked Davidson how he got so ripped, and he jokingly answered, “100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups every day.”

Alec took that as exercise advice and started doing it.

His wife has also played a key role in the process as she influenced his dietary changes and daily menu at work while also providing motivational support.

This sounds a bit like a made-up comedy story, but Alec Baldwin actually confirmed this story during an interview on the Howard Stern Show.

How Did He Change His Diet?

Alec Baldwin changed his diet by removing all the foods which are high in sugar and refined carbohydrates.

Some routine tests with his doctor showed that his blood sugar was at pre-diabetic levels, and all of it was fueled by being morbidly overweight, which research by the Cleveland Clinic backs up [1].

And it was this blood sugar problem that put Baldwin at risk of chronic disease that could have life-limiting impacts for a man in his 60s.

Refined carbohydrates, often found in processed foods and sugary treats, were among the items that Alec Baldwin consciously eliminated from his diet.

By cutting down on these highly processed carbs, Baldwin took a proactive step in managing his blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of potential health complications.

“I quietly watched what he ate, only mentally jotting down my secret wish list of what I'd tell him if he asked.”

- Hilaria Baldwin

Does Alec Baldwin Eat Meat?

Yes, Alec Baldwin does eat meat, but it seems to be limited in his diet [2].

He did, at one stage, become a vegetarian, but there are reports of him having a hotdog.

I actually couldn’t find any recent statement from Baldwin about avoiding meat, but the important thing for you readers is that my dietitian said that becoming vegan isn’t a necessity for replicating his results.

What’s His Exercise Routine?

Man doing sit ups at home

Alec Baldwin’s initial exercise routine for weight loss was entirely based on sit-ups and push-ups, as instructed by the “advice” he got from his colleague Davidson.

From my experience as a personal trainer, I think that 100 sit-ups and push-ups can be a real killer, especially for someone starting out, so I wouldn’t advise all my readers to do this.

While I couldn’t find anything about a detailed fitness plan, based on my experience as a fitness coach, I’d say that Alex does a mix of cardio workouts for fat loss and strength training at least four days a week.

“Then he got the Donald Trump gig on SNL, and so I would see him every week. And every time I'd run into him in the hall, he'd be like, '100 a day!' And he started to do it, and he lost like 100 pounds.”

- Pete Davidson from Saturday Night Live

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Alec’s Supplements

While I couldn’t find any specific details about supplements that Alec Baldwin regularly uses, I got my dietitian to provide some insights, given his accomplishments.

In addition to a good protein powder, one other supplement she mentioned that made the most sense would be a fat burner.

These contain natural ingredients that help to suppress your appetite and slightly boost your metabolism.

They aren’t magic pills but combined with hard work at the gym and a balanced diet, they can speed things up a bit.

Were there Long-term Health Implications of his Rapid Weight Loss?

Alec Baldwin's rapid weight loss had to have some long-term health implications, mainly nutritional deficiencies, metabolic imbalances, and psychological stress [3]. As a personal trainer, I have experienced this regularly with clients.

It's crucial to balance such weight loss with a sustainable approach, focusing on a nutritious diet and gradual lifestyle changes to ensure overall health and well-being. This approach minimizes risks and promotes lasting, healthy weight management.

The Role of Mental Health in Weight Loss

The psychological dimension of weight loss, especially for public figures like Alec Baldwin, is profound.

The intense media scrutiny can amplify stress, affect mental health, and complicate weight management. It's essential to recognize the mental and emotional challenges accompanying physical changes.

Based on my experience as a personal trainer, I can say that support systems, mindfulness practices, and addressing mental health needs are key to a holistic approach to weight loss, ensuring it's not just a physical journey but a mentally and emotionally sustainable one as well.


References:

  1. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/diabesity-the-connection-between-obesity-and-diabetes/
  2. https://www.happycow.net/vegtopics/famous/alec_baldwin
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK572145/
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